By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt
With the change scheduled to start this weekend, local businesses are begrudgingly gearing up for Sunday parking meter enforcement in The City.
Approved last April, the program is expected to bring in $1.9 million a year for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees city transportation policies. The agency has said the meter enforcement, from noon to 6 p.m., will update antiquated parking rules, increase turnover in front of businesses and better manage traffic along commercial corridors.
However, several small-business groups are skeptical about the agency’s intent. Jesse Fink, president of the Clement Street Merchants Association in the Richmond district, said Sunday meter enforcement is simply a “fundraiser” for city coffers... Yet Patricia Vaughey, president of Marina-Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants, said only a small minority of local business groups approve of Sunday meters. She said the Transportation Agency’s parking policies drive middle-class retailers out of The City… (more)
I doubt many people will argue that point. SFMTA and the Supervisors pretty much argued they need the money as the reason for the Sunday meter enforcement. The amazing thing is the way they do their math. They plan to make two million dollars a year. How much will this costs businesses?